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meet an artist mondayMary Lai’s work is known around the world for its radiant palettes and messages of tireless optimism. Her paintings, murals, digital works, installations, and most recently AR-enhanced sculpture have lit up global cities from New York to Miami, Dallas, Seoul and more—including L.A., where this week she opens an ambitious yearlong project as the W Los Angeles—West Beverly Hills artist in residence. The prismatic energy of her indelible style was developed prior to her visual art journey, in her career as an accessories designer which included an award-winning namesake handbag collection. The W Los Angeles exhibition draws on Lai’s eclectic experience in fashion, installation, and material experimentation to create an atmospheric experience across the building’s public spaces. Titled Unlock Your Dreams, the project blends playful nostalgia and inspirational fantasy, while examining and celebrating the power of inclusivity, as Lai speaks to the beauty of following one’s own path.

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Mary Lai at the W Los Angeles — West Beverly Hills

L.A. WEEKLY: When did you first know you were an artist? 

MARY LAI: From a very young age I always loved to draw, make things, and identified as an artist, but it wasn’t until my senior year in high school where I created a portfolio that I realized, this is who I am and what I want to pursue for a living.


What is your short answer to people who ask what your work is about?

My work is ever-evolving with vibrant colors and a playfulness on the surface; however my hope is that my work has the substance to leave the viewer with a positive and lasting emotional connection.

Mary Lai

What would you be doing if you weren’t

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